National Bowls Census

2019 National Bowls Census Report (PDF)

Following an exhaustive process, which was executed through the co-operation and collaboration of all state and territory associations, as well as a substantial proportion of bowls clubs nation-wide, the initial Census Report was produced. Subsequently, updated Reports have been produced on an annual basis.

These publications contain the national statistics over the initial pages followed by a detailed section on each state/territory association.

What the figures do allow the sport to do is to develop strategic planning and decisions based on the evidence found from the data and to strengthen funding requests across all government and non-government organisations.  In fact, a recent injection of development funding from the Sport Australia was largely due to Bowls Australia’s capacity to demonstrate accurate census figures on membership and participation.

With that in mind, the National Bowls Census has become one of the main information systems for future development and benchmarking for bowls, as it has for other high profile sports (AFL, Cricket, Golf, etc).

The response of every club is crucial to the validity of the census data, and I look forward to the support of all clubs in the future, assisting with achieving long-term prosperity of bowls within Australia.

If you have any questions or comments concerning the National Bowls Census Report, please don’t hesitate to call (03) 9480 7100 or email

Older national censuses can be downloaded via the links below.

2017 National Bowls Census Report
• 2016 National Bowls Census Report
2015 National Bowls Census Report
2014 National Bowls Census Report
2013 National Bowls Census Report
2012 National Bowls Census Report
2011 National Bowls Census Report
2010 National Bowls Census Report